Easy Gum Paste Pumpkin Fall Cupcake Topper

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These gum paste pumpkins are SO easy to make, and look amazing!  I love edible cupcake toppers, and if you're looking for a super easy, incredibly cute edible cupcake topper for fall and Halloween cupcakes, look no further.

Gum Paste Pumpkins on a white surface with text overlay reading "Gum Paste Pumpkin Tutorial."

They only take a few seconds to make each one.  Really. Can't beat that, right?

Three cupcakes topped with gum paste pumpkins, on a black cake stand.

You can also easily use this technique to make fondant pumpkins. 

Materials for Gum Paste Pumpkins on a white surface.

The secret to making these easy gum paste pumpkins?  Use whole cloves for the miniature pumpkin stems!

Materials for Making Gum  Paste Pumpkin Cupcake Toppers:

Photo showing steps for making a gum paste pumpkin cupcake topper.

Color the gum paste using orange gel food coloring (I like Americolor brand) and roll a small portion into a ball.

Use a paring knife to score lines in the orange ball of gum paste.

Stick a whole clove, ball end down, into the top of the pumpkin. I like to get the clove a little wet with either vodka or water so that it will activate the sugar in the gum paste and, when it dries, glue the miniature pumpkin stem in place.

Gum Paste Pumpkins on a white reflective surface.

Make them in a variety of sizes and shapes.  

Cupcake decorated with a Gum Paste Pumpkin on a white background.

Stick them on top of cupcakes.

Three cupcakes decorated with Gum Paste Pumpkins and swirling fall leaves cupcake toppers.

Stick them in the middle of whirling fall leaves, and in a fall leaves cupcake wrapper.

Cupcake on a Halloween napkin, decorated with icing grass and a gum paste pumpkin jack o lantern.

Paint a face on the pumpkin cupcake topper with food coloring and turn the tiny pumpkin into an adorable, itty bitty jack-o-lantern!  It looks perfect on a cupcake topped with icing piped with a grass tip.

Gum paste pumpkins on a square white cake plate.

Make a whole pumpkin patch for a cake! Put them on top of rice krispie treats!  You'll want to decorate everything with these easy little pumpkin cuties.

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Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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